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What are the characteristics of technical writing? Discuss the process of planning in technical writing.

Technical writing, a form of technical communication, is a style of formal writing used in fields as diverse as computer hardware and software, chemistry, the aerospace industry, robotics, finance, consumer electronics, and biotechnology. Technical writers explain technology and related ideas to technical and nontechnical audiences. This could mean, for example, telling a programmer how to use a software library or telling a consumer how to operate a television remote control.

The process of planning in technical writing:
  • Audience: Is the audience composed of people in home kitchens or highly trained chefs in professional kitchens?
  • Source: Is there existing documentation—a rough draft? Who is the subject matter expert (SME)?
  • Deliverable: Is the deliverable simple text for inclusion in a book, or formatted to final form? Is the target a paper, a Web page, or something else?

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